Resource | Research | General/Other
Evaluation of Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables

Authorized by Section 4202 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79, the 2014 Farm Bill), the USDA Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables was designed to provide States with additional flexibility in the procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Participating States and school food authorities (SFAs) can purchase approved items with existing USDA Foods National School Lunch Program entitlement funds from any USDA Pilot-authorized vendor in support of the school meal standards.

Resource | Research | Demonstrations
An Evaluation of the Prime Vendor Pilot of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

The Prime Vendor Pilot was conducted as part of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Business Process Re-engineering efforts to improve the administration and operation of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Under this pilot, USDA partnered with the Department of Defense, which had an existing contract with commercial vendors and distributors. Reinhart Foods was selected as the prime vendor and was responsible for accepting food orders directly from 23 Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) in the Midwest Region, procuring pre-approved food products, storing and delivering the foods to the ITOs. The evaluation compared results from the first year of the prime vendor pilot (July 2001 - June 2002) with the traditional FDPIR commodity distribution system that operated in the previous year (July 2000 - June 2001)